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‘Street Fighter V’ Final Beta Gets A Date As Capcom Unveils New Story Modes

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Capcom announced the release date of the final beta of Street Fighter V, and to keep the good times going, the company revealed new story modes to boot.

Straight off the bat, there will be two categories for the stories: Character Stories and Cinematic Story Expansion.

"First and foremost, there are the character stories, which are really serving as a prologue in terms of getting people up to speed with what's happening in Street Fighter V ... [Cinematic Story Expansion] is going to have in-game models, everything will happen in real time, and it's also going to have an hour plus of cinematic content," Yoshinori Ono, executive producer of Street Fighter V, tells GameSpot.

The Character Stories are for those who are new to the whole series, where they provide some background information for each fighter and explain why they fight and what relationships they have with the others.

Designed by the popular Japanese illustrator Bengus, these stories answer the questions of what Ryu is seeking or what became of Nash after Street Fighter Alpha.

Meanwhile, Cinematic Story Expansion offers a richer take of telling the characters' stories through "beautifully rendered cutscenes." It will continue the storyline between Street Fighter IV and Street Fighter III.

"M. Bison and Shadaloo will be a main focus of the story ... and I can't say much more than that right now, but if you watch closely you'll see a multitude of hints that we dropped in the footage," ComboFiend of Capcom says.

It's also worth mentioning that this marks the first time that the franchise will include such footage. As for the release date, it will roll out in June 2016 as a free content update to all players.

Now, for the final beta of Street Fighter V, it will start on Jan. 30 at 12:01 a.m. PT or 8:01 a.m. GMT until Jan. 31 at 7:00 p.m. PT or Feb. 1 at 3:00 a.m. GMT.

This recent development follows Capcom's unveiling of Cinematic Story Mode and DLC details a while back.

To get a glimpse of the action, check out the Street Fighter V cinematic story trailer below.

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